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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) --  It's a comedy routine two presidential terms in the making, with Saturday marking the final time President Obama will don his "Comedian-In-Chief" hat to roast the press, politicians and celebrities at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.

Over the years, President Obama has used the dinner to cast a comedic light on some of the day's political headlines and laugh off his critics.

In his first dinner speech back in 2009, Obama opened by telling the audience he wanted to speak "from the heart," which was immediately followed by two teleprompters rising up from the floor.

"Pause for laughter," he joked.

In 2014, Obama chose to laugh off the disastrous rollout of his signature healthcare.gov website, simply saying, "that could have gone better."

"In 2008 my slogan was, 'Yes We Can,'" Obama said. "In 2013 my slogan was, 'Control-Alt-Delete.'"

But among his most notable roasts was that of now-GOP frontrunner Donald Trump at the height of the "birther" controversy in 2011 that resulted in Obama holding a press conference to release his birth certificate.

"I know that he’s taken some flak lately, but no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the Donald," Obama said. "And that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter –- like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?"

Trump has again dominated political headlines over the past year, but inside the Obama administration, it has been no laughing matter. Obama himself has called out Trump's rhetoric against Mexican immigrants and Muslims as "dangerous" and detrimental to U.S. interests around the world.

Two weeks ago, Trump blamed the media for his decision not to attend this year's dinner, saying, "I would have a good time and the press would say I look like I wasn't having a good time."

Asked whether Trump would be a prime target in Obama's routine this year, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Friday he didn't want to give away any spoilers.

"I don't think that ducking in the room means that you are going to avoid some attention in the speeches," Earnest said. "But we'll see."

In a Friday preview of the president's speech in The New York Times, former Obama speechwriter and writer at "Funny or Die" David Litt walked through what it's like pitching jokes to the president and offered up what he expected to hear in his final speech.

"For weeks, writers in and outside the White House have submitted hundreds of jokes, and only a handful of my former colleagues know which 35 or 40 will make the final cut," Litt said. "A safe bet, however, is that at least a few of the president’s one-liners will look back on the last eight years. He’ll have plenty of material to work with."

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BernieSanders.com(NEW YORK) --  Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his presidential candidacy a year ago today. And over the past 12 months, his campaign has followed an almost poetic arch: taking the country by storm (and surprise), amassing a staff of over 1,000 people, breaking fundraising records and drawing some of the largest and most energetic crowds of this election cycle.

But the momentum continued to slow this week after big losses along the eastern seaboard and his chances to secure the Democratic nomination closed considerably. Sanders’ team also announced they were shrinking their staff as the primary calendar nears its end.

Until then, here’s a look back at some of the highlights of Sanders’ run:

Bernie Sanders’ First Campaign Announcement on Capitol Hill -- April 30, 2015


 The longest-serving independent congressman held a makeshift news conference on the Senate lawn to inform reporters that he was challenging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the nomination. "How do we create an economy that works for all of our people, rather than a small number of billionaires?” he said, his words almost identical to those delivered in every one of his speeches over the next year.

The Vermont senator was noticeably in a rush that day, almost uncomfortable or dismissive of the event. With his now infamous messy hair blowing in the wind and the far-from-thought-out shot for the cameras, it’s easy to see why many people were a little dismissive of the announcement, especially those unfamiliar with his significant social media presence.

Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Launch in Burlington, Vt. -- May 26, 2015

 A month later, the senator look another stab at his announcement and formally launched his campaign on the shores of Lake Champlain in his hometown of Burlington, Vermont, where he had served as mayor, before being elected to Congress in 1990. The free-spirited, tie-dyed sunny event felt as much like a musical festival as a political event. The Woodstock generation and young hipsters there ate free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and talked of the 74-year-old’s authenticity. It was a sendoff in some ways -- a celebration -- and the senator would return to a hometown hero’s welcome the next March on Super Tuesday, when he would win Vermont with 86 percent of the vote but lose seven out of the 11 states that voted that day.

Bernie Sanders’ Rally in Los Angeles Featuring Sarah Silverman -- Aug. 10, 2015

The hallmark of the Sanders’ campaign quickly became his huge rallies. From city to city, college campus to college campus, the senator surprised everyone (reporters, party leaders, his opponents and even himself) with his ability to bring out tens of thousands of people to hear him speak. His first rally in Los Angeles, pictured here, featured some Hollywood star-power and signaled to the country and the Democratic Party that a “movement” was building.

Larry David/"Saturday Night Live" -- Oct. 17, 2015


The senator’s unbelievable doppelganger, comedian Larry David, solidified one fact: Sanders was now cool. David’s debut of his role on NBC’s "Saturday Night Live," delighted fans and the senator himself, who referenced the character and David’s impression from that point forward in almost a meta-comedy Sanders-doing-Sanders bit of comedy.

Coin Flips at the Iowa Primary -- Feb. 1, 2016


Sanders lost the first state to vote by 0.3 percent. On Election Day, several caucuses were so close they were decided by the flip of a coin. Diehard Sanders fans still talk about that fact as they lament party rules and regulations. On the flipside, Sanders emerged from Iowa with almost exactly the same number of delegates as Clinton.

Bernie Sanders Celebrates Win in New Hampshire -– Feb. 9, 2016


Sanders told ABC News’ Cecilia Vega days after the New Hampshire primary that it was his biggest victory to date and, yet, he barely had time to enjoy it.

"Biggest political victory of my life, I haven't had a chance to read it," Sanders said.

The Vermont senator won his neighboring state by an astonishing 22 percent, more than either side had predicted. He celebrated by playing basketball with his grandkids before a victory rally in the state. Less than three weeks later, he would be trailing Clinton by 26 pledged delegates after losing Nevada and South Carolina.

A Bird Lands on Sanders' Podium in Portland, Ore. -- March 25, 2016


Yea, Portland literally put a bird on it. During a rally in the town in March, a small sparrow landed on the senator’s stage. He seemed to almost beckon it with a flick of his hand and then stood in happy disbelief as it landed right on his podium. “Birdie Sanders” broke the Internet that day and spawned subsequent cultish artwork. Sanders himself called it a hopeful sign for world peace, because ... again ... Portland.

Bernie Sanders Lights Up New York City With Washington Square Park Rally -- April 14, 2016


Clinton won a resounding and decisive victory in New York, beating Sanders by 16 percentage points and all but clinching the nomination. Still, with an eye-popping event in the city’s iconic Washington Square Park, Sanders reinforced the fact that young people flock to him. With over 27,000 people, according to the campaign, filling parking space and surrounding blocks, the Brooklyn-born Sanders had an undeniably memorable night.

His Campaign Today

Despite his overwhelming delegate deficit and mounting pressure from the Clinton campaign and some voters to concede and begin the process of unifying the Democratic Party, Sanders has instead pledged in recent days to fight on until the last vote is cast.

While he has scaled back his team, he has not yet scaled back his travel plans. The senator flew this week out to Oregon for a day of events, before heading back to Indiana to keep campaigning as the Tuesday primary approaches.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich said Friday evening that some of his fellow party members are alienating Hispanic voters with scare tactics that could hurt the GOP in November's general election.

"Do the Republicans actually think that they can win an election by scaring every Hispanic in this country to death?" Kasich told reporters at the California GOP convention in San Francisco, being held ahead of the state's June 7 primary. "Scaring them to the point that they are afraid that their families are going to be torn apart and disrupted? Do you have any idea what those folks are going to do in a general election?"

Kasich touted his endorsement on Thursday by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The business group backed Kasich, the governor of Ohio, as well as Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side of the presidential race.

Donald Trump protesters, who congregated outside the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport hotel, marred the convention before Kasich arrived Friday night. "When you live on the negative side, when you feed people’s anger -- you see what happened here today? I heard about it," Kasich said before addressing attendees. "People chaining themselves to a fence trying to prevent somebody from coming -- I mean, you see what’s happening? Okay? Well, I may not be winning those votes right now, but over time I believe the people will like to live where they can be hopeful."

Earlier in the day, Kasich engaged in an intense exchange with a 62-year-old gay man at a town hall-style meeting in San Francisco. The man asked Kasich if he believed gay people were born gay.

"Do I think that people are, you know, born gay?" Kasich said. "Probably. I've never studied the issue, but I don't see any reason to hurt you or discriminate [against] you or make you feel bad or make you feel like a second-class citizen.”

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's address, President Obama repeated his call for Republicans in the Senate to give Chief Judge Merrick Garland a fair hearing and a vote.

Counting 45 days since he nominated Judge Garland to the Supreme Court, the president highlighted some comments from Senate Republicans.

"Judge Garland is someone who Senate Republicans are on record saying is 'a man of accomplishment and keen intellect;' a man who’s 'honest and capable;' a man whose 'reputation is beyond reproach.'"

Asserting that most Senate Republicans have refused to do their job and give Judge Garland the consideration he deserves, President Obama stressed that the Supreme Court "must remain above partisan politics."

"I’ve done my job – I nominated someone as qualified as Merrick Garland," he said. "Now it’s time for the Senate to do their job.  Give Judge Garland a hearing.  Give Judge Garland an up-or-down vote.  Treat him – and our democracy – with the respect they deserve."

Read the president's full address:

Hi, everybody.  It’s now been 45 days since I nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.  Judge Garland is a man of experience, integrity, and unimpeachable qualifications.  Judge Garland is someone who Senate Republicans are on record saying is “a man of accomplishment and keen intellect;” a man who’s “honest and capable;” a man whose “reputation is beyond reproach.”  Those are all quotes from Republicans in the Senate.

But so far, most Senate Republicans have refused to even meet with Judge Garland.  Which means they’ve also refused to do their job and hold a hearing on his nomination, or an up-or-down vote.  But they’ve still found time to head home for recess over the next week.

This is an abdication of the Senate’s responsibility.  Every Supreme Court nominee since 1875 who hasn’t withdrawn from the process has received a hearing or a vote.  For over 40 years, there’s been an average of 67 days between a nomination and a hearing.  This time should be no different.  This is not about partisan politics – it’s about upholding the institutions that make our democracy work. 

There’s a reason Judge Garland has earned the respect of people from both political parties.  As a young lawyer, he left a lucrative private firm to work in public service.  He went to oversee the federal response to the Oklahoma City bombing.  For the last 19 years, Judge Garland has served on the D.C. Circuit Court – often called “the Second Highest Court in the Land” – and for the past three years, he’s served as that court’s Chief Judge.  In fact, Judge Merrick Garland has more federal judicial experience than any other Supreme Court nominee in history.  With a brilliant mind, a kind spirit, and a good heart, he has dedicated his life to protecting our rights, and ensuring that the voices of everyday Americans are heard.

So there is absolutely no reason for Republican Senators to deny him the basic courtesy of a hearing and a vote – the same courtesy that has been extended to others.  This refusal to treat a Supreme Court nomination with the seriousness it deserves is what makes people so cynical about Washington.  That’s why poll after poll shows a majority of Americans think Senate Republicans should do their job; give Judge Garland a hearing; and give Judge Garland a vote.

For all of our political differences, Americans understand that what unites us is far greater than what divides us.  And in the middle of a volatile political season, it is more important than ever that we fulfill our duties – in good faith – as public servants.  The Supreme Court must remain above partisan politics.  I’ve done my job – I nominated someone as qualified as Merrick Garland.  Now it’s time for the Senate to do their job.  Give Judge Garland a hearing.  Give Judge Garland an up-or-down vote.  Treat him – and our democracy – with the respect they deserve. 

Thanks for listening, and have a great weekend.

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Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Arizona Sen. John McCain delivered this week's Republican address, talking about national security concerns that the U.S. faces and the leadership needed to deal with it.

McCain, who is also chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, said that under President Obama, the country has "been on a holiday from American leadership."

"What’s unfortunately clear is this President has no strategy to successfully reverse the tide of slaughter and mayhem in a world that Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper says has not faced more crises and more refugees than we confront today," he said.

The senator criticized President Obama for scaling back troops in the Middle East and said, "The crisis in the Middle East has not been contained."

"It’s reached the streets of Paris, Brussels, and San Bernardino," he said. "It’s produced a refugee crisis that has destabilized Europe and divided the West. It’s given Vladimir Putin an opportunity to reassert Russia as a global power through intervention in Syria. And it has led America’s friends and foes around the world to distrust our word, question our resolve, and doubt our commitment."

Read the Republican's full address:

Hello, I’m Senator John McCain and I’m proud to represent the great State of Arizona.

On Friday morning, the headline on the front page of The Washington Post read: ‘Peace hopes unravel in Syria…Airstrikes level hospital in Aleppo…Children, doctors among dead in rebel-held areas.’ When the so-called ‘cease fire’ in Syria does ultimately collapse, we know what happens next: more barrel bombs and slaughter of the innocent by the murderous regime of Bashar Assad… more Russian bombing of moderate forces, including those trained by the United States…more refugees pouring out of the country and exacerbating the greatest refugee crisis since the end of World War II…greater instability on the borders of our partners and allies…and ultimately a stronger ISIL that will benefit from the chaos left behind.

For seven years, we’ve watched peace hopes unravel time and time again under a President focused more on withdrawing than succeeding. What’s unfortunately clear is this President has no strategy to successfully reverse the tide of slaughter and mayhem in a world that Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper says has not faced more crises and more refugees than we confront today.

The rules-based international order forged by a group of American leaders out of the ashes of World War II is under assault. Those that were there in the beginning recalled that they were "present at the creation." If we remain on our present course, we may well look back and realize that we were present at the unraveling.

Under this Administration, we’ve been on a holiday from American leadership. Too often, President Obama has adopted a cheap fatalism about America’s role in the world. No matter the challenge, we’re told that there are no good options, that our influence is limited, that we will not succeed overnight, that there is no military solution, and that we can’t solve every problem. These are truisms, but none of them absolve us of our responsibility to make the situation better where we can. And the results of our failure to do so are clear to see.

Vladimir Putin is learning from bloody experience in Ukraine and Syria that military adventurism pays, that diplomacy can be manipulated to serve his strategic ambitions, and that the worst refugee crisis since World War II can be weaponized to divide the West and weaken its resolve. The only deterrence that we seem to be establishing is over ourselves. Indeed, two years after Russia invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea, President Obama has shamefully refused to provide Ukrainian forces with the lethal assistance they need to defend themselves.

China is behaving less like a great power, and more like a petty bully. But time and time again, President Obama has failed to take timely action to defend our interests and our allies fearing China might be less likely to cooperate on priorities he thought were more important, like climate change and the reckless Iran nuclear deal. And as a result, China’s increasingly assertive behavior continues—cyberattacks, economic espionage and theft, militarization of one of the world’s most important waterways, and coercion of our regional allies and partners.

The Middle East is descending into chaos. But for the past seven years, President Obama has sought to scale back America’s involvement in, and commitment to, the Middle East. He has tried to convince us that the unfolding crisis in the Middle East is simply a local  problem…that our nation’s core interests are not truly threatened…and that the consequences of regional instability—hundreds of thousands dead in Syria, the collapse of Libya, sectarian strife in Iraq—all of these can be mitigated and contained.

But the crisis in the Middle East has not been contained. It’s reached the streets of Paris, Brussels, and San Bernardino. It’s produced a refugee crisis that has destabilized Europe and divided the West. It’s given Vladimir Putin an opportunity to reassert Russia as a global power through intervention in Syria. And it has led America’s friends and foes around the world to distrust our word, question our resolve, and doubt our commitment.

Nowhere is this clearer than in the war against ISIL. We have achieved some tactical and operational success against ISIL thanks to the excellence of our military leadership and our troops on the ground. But at a strategic level, we always seem to be a step behind, a day late, and a dollar short. ISIL has taken the strategic offensive: launching sophisticated attacks into the heart of western civilization and deepening its presence in Libya. With thousands of terrorists and training camps, and reports of external attack plotting in that country, we see all the warning signs that existed in Afghanistan on September 10, 2001. Once again, the President’s response has been reactive, slow, and insufficient. Our military service members serving in Iraq and Syria deserve better.

President Obama’s failed policies of the last seven years have placed us in a tragic rut once described by Winston Churchill: "Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong—these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history."

President Reagan was fond of saying that America has never faced a problem because it was too strong. That’s how he won the Cold War without firing a shot. The threats America faces have changed since then, but the need for American strength is the same as it ever was. If history has taught us anything, it is that while America cannot solve all the world’s problems, none of its problems will be solved without American leadership. We can—and must—return to the principle of ‘peace through strength’ for the sake of our men and women who are serving and the security of our nation. Thank you.

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A group of protesters gathered outside of a California event venue where Donald Trump spoke Friday afternoon.

The street outside of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Burlingame where Trump addressed the California GOP Convention near San Francisco was already closed in advance of the event.

There were an estimated 250 to 300 protesters gathered outside from a collection of different groups, including Code Pink and Black Lives Matter as well as supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Trump likely did not see any of the protests because he entered the building via a back entrance after exiting his motorcade at the side of the highway and walking up a grassy hill before entering the hotel.

"That was not the easiest entrance I've ever made... it felt like I was crossing the border actually," Trump joked at the beginning of his remarks.

"I'm coming through dirt and mud and under fences. … I’m looking at myself I’m trying to get all the dust and everything off," Trump said.

Frank Lara, 30, was one of the 40 or so members of the Act Now to Stop War & End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition who protested Trump near the front of the hotel. Even though he said the group's initial goal was to shut down the convention, Lara told ABC News that they were not disappointed that Trump didn't go through the main entrance since helicopter news cameras captured Trump's awkward alternative route.

"We consider it quite a success," Lara said.

Lara said they started planning the protests about two weeks ago after learning that Trump would be in the area, taking issue with his stances "against immigrants, against the Latin community and against the Muslim community."

Some protesters were seen holding the Mexican flag and others were wearing costumes. A group of protesters knocked down a barrier near the front of the hotel and about 50 people got close to the entrance but did not get inside. Police then formed a line to hold them back which appeared to work for the time being.

One man wearing a green bandanna over his face was seen punching the glass windows of the hotel, and others yelled at him to stop saying "we're not about that." He didn't cause any damage, but others like him seem determined to get inside the Hyatt Regency

Some protesters threw eggs at the hotel, others chased a man wearing a Trump t-shirt off the property.

A campaign organizer for Code Pink, a grassroots peace organization of women, said that one of their supporters booked her a room in the Hyatt overnight.

The supporter, Nancy Mancias, stayed there until this morning before she went down to the convention floor at around 9:30 a.m. and started chanting "Stop hate! Dump Trump!"

Mancias said she was quickly, but gently, escorted out of the building by hotel security. She said they had been planning it for about a week and was on the fence initially, saying she "was worried about being thrown into jail or Guantanamo" but decided to go for it.

"As I got closer, I just decided, you know someone's got to do it and what would be better than a protester from Code Pink?" she told ABC News.

A man wearing a suit and a "Make America Great Again" hat was seen walking near a group of protesters, some of whom were seen hitting the man, who was believed to be a supporter of the Republican front-runner.

Other than the above incident, Friday's protests are said to be largely peaceful, which comes in contrast to the protests that were held near a Trump event in Los Angeles last night. More than a dozen arrests were made Thursday night and some protesters were seen damaging police cars.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration has released a report outlining a strategy to push smart gun technology, something President Obama called for in his January executive action on gun control.

Here are the details:

What's smart gun technology?

Smart guns are high-tech firearms that only work in the hands of their owner. In his January executive action on gun control, Obama called for several administration departments to work on a report "outlining research and development designed to expedite real-world deployment" of technology to "reduce the frequency of accidental discharge or unauthorized use of firearms."

"If we can set it up so you can't unlock your phone unless you've got the right fingerprint, why can't we do the same thing for our guns?" Obama said in his tearful announcement address in January.

Who supports it?

Obama and gun control advocates argue that smart gun technology would reduce the number of accidental deaths from guns. The National Rifle Association doesn't oppose smart gun technology or the sale of smart guns, but is against any laws preventing Americans from buying or owning traditional firearms.

The president is interested in encouraging the use of smart gun technology in the federal government, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Friday.

"The idea is, are there a set of standards and guidelines that can be developed that would ensure that smart gun technology could effectively be used by law enforcement officers?" Earnest said. "The idea is that, yes, the federal government is a bulk purchaser of firearms."

Four in 10 gun owners are willing to purchase a smart gun, according to a survey from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (Nearly sixty percent of Americans would buy a smart or childproof handgun, the survey found.)

What's inside the Obama administration’s smart gun report?

The report, from the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense, details how the government can push smart gun technology and the adoption of smart firearms: by incentivizing their production, encouraging state and local governments to purchase smart guns for law enforcement and working with stakeholders to develop criteria for smart gun technology.

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump is being criticized by the Anti-Defamation League for repeating a slogan the group believes to be anti-Semitic.

The ADL has taken issue with Trump's use of the phrase "America First" to describe his approach to foreign policy.

The phrase was originally used by a group called the America First Committee in the 1940s, which pushed to keep the U.S. out of World War II.

The ADL released a statement Thursday saying that famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, one of the best-known supporters of the committee, sympathized with the Nazis.

"The undercurrents of anti-Semitism and bigotry that characterized the America First movement – including the assumption that Jews who opposed the movement had their own agenda and were not acting in America’s best interest – is fortunately not a major concern today," ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.

"However, for many Americans, the term ‘America First’ will always be associated with and tainted by this history. In a political season that already has prompted a national conversation about civility and tolerance, choosing a call to action historically associated with incivility and intolerance seems ill-advised," Greenblatt continued.

The group said it wrote a letter to Trump urging him to stop using the phrase.

Trump has not publicly commented on ADL's request.

This is not the first time ADL and Trump have clashed.

In March, ADL decided to redirect all of the $56,000 in donations Trump previously gave to the Jewish civil rights-human relations organization, citing the "stereotyping and scapegoating that have been injected into this political season," Greenblatt said at the time.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  The list of people who have openly admitted to disliking Sen. Ted Cruz appears to grow by the day.

The harder list to create is one of people who openly admit to liking Cruz. Apart from Carly Fiorina, whom Cruz announced as his vice president should he become the nominee, most of Cruz's high-profile endorsements have been tepid.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham supported Cruz by throwing him a fundraiser in March and calling Cruz "the best alternative to Donald Trump."

Just weeks earlier, Graham had said that Cruz was so unpopular in the Senate that "if you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you."

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who previously endorsed and campaigned for Marco Rubio before he dropped out, also gave a similar statement of support for Cruz, saying in March that "my hope and my prayer is that Sen. Cruz can come through this and that he can really get to where he needs to go."

But when asked if she would formally endorse him, however, she said, "I don't know that that part matters."

One of Cruz’s biggest supporters has been his onetime rival, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Walker regularly campaigned with Cruz ahead of his state’s primary, which Cruz went on to win.

A number of other politicians, including members of Congress and several governors, have also endorsed Cruz.

Celebrities are generally a go-to in the world of endorsements, and that remains true for Cruz.

Cruz has received one no-holds-barred endorsement from actor James Woods.

.@SenTedCruz and I just spoke for 40 minutes by phone about our love of this country. This man is the real deal. I'm all in! #TedCruz #tcot

— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 23, 2015


His other Hollywood supporter was Caitlyn Jenner, but that relationship may have soured recently in response to Cruz's support for laws restricting transgender individuals from using certain bathrooms.

Earlier this week, Jenner posted a video of herself walking into a Trump hotel in New York and using the ladies room. When she comes out of the bathroom in the video, Jenner thanks Trump and says, "by the way Ted, nobody got molested," referencing what he said could happen if transgender women are allowed to use ladies rooms.

"We shouldn't be facilitating putting little girls alone in a bathroom w/ grown men. That's just a bad, bad, bad idea," Cruz tweeted earlier this month.

We shouldn't be facilitating putting little girls alone in a bathroom w/ grown men. That's just a bad, bad, bad idea https://t.co/fpj3vUjKuF

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 21, 2016


Jenner has not publicly stated whether or not she is still supporting Cruz.

For his part, Cruz continually deflects any negative remarks.

During an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in March, he was asked about his unpopularity, with Graham's comments cited as one example.

"When you stand up to Washington, they don't like it," Cruz said in response.

And after former Speaker John Boehner called Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a b----" on Wednesday, Cruz brushed off the remarks as sour grapes.

"The reason Boehner hates me is because conservatives in the House trust me and listen to me," Cruz said Thursday. "And we rose up together and said a radical proposition, 'Let us do what we said we’d do.' And that cost Boehner his speakership, that conservatives wanted us actually to do what we said we’d do."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced Friday that he will be voting for Sen. Ted Cruz in the state's upcoming primary.

The endorsement comes just four days before the state holds its primary.

During a campaign stop in Indiana Friday morning before Pence's announcement, Cruz praised Pence calling him "an optimistic, positive, unifying force" as well as "a strong leader" and "an extraordinary governor."

"I have tremendous respect for Gov. Mike Pence. He has been an incredible leader for the state of Indiana. He has really demonstrated that when you cut taxes when you reduce regulations, that jobs follow," Cruz said.

Pence's coveted endorsement was clearly something that Cruz's rival Donald Trump was hoping to win. The Republican front-runner posted a tweet on April 20 showing him and Chris Christie meeting with Pence.

Pence also met with Gov. John Kasich this Tuesday when the Ohio Governor was in the state, Kasich spokeswoman Emmalee Kalmbach told ABC News.

Had a meeting with the terrific @GovPenceIN of Indiana. So excited to campaign in his wonderful state! pic.twitter.com/73uCyV6ql4

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2016


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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Bernie Sanders hit the campaign trail with renewed vigor Thursday -- and a new speech.

The Vermont senator returned to the West Coast for rally in Eugene, Oregon, Thursday and debuted new remarks, which were likely a preview of what is to come as he continues on the campaign trail, but faces the reality that his path to nomination has all but closed.

In the last few weeks, Sanders’ has vowed to do two things: Campaign against any Republican candidate, and try to amass as many delegates as possible to carry his message to the Democratic convention in July and influence the party’s platform. Speaking to a large crowd of over 8,000 people minutes from the University of Oregon’s campus, Sanders zeroed in on these two goals, offering sharp critiques of both parties.

First he lambasted Republicans. “If you take a hard look at the Republican agenda, it is hard to imagine anybody voting for that agenda,” he said. He criticized the GOP for wanting to give tax breaks to millionaires by repealing the estate tax, neglecting the uninsured by pushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and abandoning the elderly for voting to cut Medicare and Social Security. From campaign finance to climate change, Sanders threw fire across the aisle.

“I think we are reaching the day when you are going to have members of Congress with patches on their jackets -- sponsored by the Koch bothers, sponsored by Exxon Mobile,” he said.

Then, Sanders turned his aggression on the Democratic Party itself, a party he has only officially called himself a member of for the purposes of this campaign. He blamed low voter turnout across the country on ambiguous platforms from Democrats.

“The Democratic Party has to reach a fundamental conclusion: Are we on the side of working people or big money interests?” he said. “Do we stand with the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor or Wall Street speculators and the drug companies and the insurance companies?"

“The Democratic Party, up to now, has not been clear about which side they are on, on the major issues facing this country,” he continued. “You cannot be on the side of those workers who have lost their jobs, because of disastrous trade agreements, and support those corporations who have thrown millions of our workers out on the street.”

Beyond pushing specific progressive policy platforms, Sanders brought up more strategic and mechanical issues he believes the party should tackle. He spoke about automatic voter registration, open primaries, and a fifty-state strategy, and accused the party of turning its back on particularly poor states in the South.

“We need to plant a flag of progressive politics in every state of this country,” he concluded, telling the large crowd that its job was to revitalize American democracy.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- With the Invictus Games just around the corner, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama showed Prince Harry they’re not messing around.

In a short video message on Twitter, the two called out Prince Harry, letting him know they’re ready for anything.

“Careful what you wish for,” President Obama warns.

Hey, @KensingtonRoyal! Are you ready for @InvictusOrlando? Game on. pic.twitter.com/S34KrEv5Is

— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) April 29, 2016

In response, Prince Harry proved he can handle the playful trash talk with some help from Queen Elizabeth.

Wow @FLOTUS and @POTUS, some @weareinvictus fighting talk there! You can dish it out, but can you take it? - H.

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 29, 2016

Unfortunately for you @FLOTUS and @POTUS I wasn't alone when you sent me that video ???? - H.https://t.co/sjfSQvkzb6

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 29, 2016

The Invictus Games, an international sporting event started by the prince for wounded, injured and sick service personnel, will be held in Orlando, Florida May 8-12.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- They call it “nerd prom.”

The annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD) is one of Washington’s hottest tickets. It’s a night where journalists rub shoulders with Hollywood celebrities, athletes and administrators.

The star-studded event is hosted by the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA), the organization that represents the White House press corps.

This is President Obama’s eighth and final WHCD. Here is everything you need -- and wanted to know -- about Saturday's big event.

History

The first dinner was held in 1921 at the Arlington Hotel according to the WHCA, and there were 50 men in attendance. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge became the first presidential attendee. Since then, every president has attended the dinner at least once during his term in office.

The dinner barred guests of color until the 1950s, and women were not allowed to attend until 1962, according to the WHCA. Helen Thomas, the first female White House reporter, threatened to start a boycott against the dinner until the rules changed. Pressure tactics against President John F. Kennedy worked; Kennedy agreed and WHCA capitulated.

In its nearly 100-year history, the dinner has only been cancelled three times, according to a History Channel report: in 1930 following the death of former President William Howard Taft; in 1942 after the country entered World War II; and in 1951 because of the Korean War.

In the 1980s, the dinner saw the beginning of its transformation from a night of Washington insiders to a full-blown celebrity affair. It is now customary for media outlets to give tickets to industry elites and Hollywood stars alike.

Traditions

Perhaps the most well-known of the dinner’s traditions is the comedy routine. The president delivers the initial, joke-filled speech, followed by the keynote roast by a famous comedian. Recent headliners have included Cecily Strong, Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno.

However, it wasn’t until comedian Mark Russell headlined in 1983 that comedy became the cornerstone of the evening. In its first half century, the evening's entertainment was musical performances, movies and variety shows. Stars like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Irving Berlin have all graced the stage.

The dinner also serves to honor young and veteran journalists alike with scholarships and awards. The proceeds from the lofty ticket prices for the event go toward funding these accolades.

The 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Comedian Larry Wilmore will headline Obama’s last WHCD. Wilmore is the host of Comedy Central’s "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.”

"Larry's edgy, even provocative, brand of humor means he's certainly up to the task of skewering politicians of all ideological stripes, and we don't expect the nation's news media to escape unscathed, either," said Carol Lee, White House correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and president of the association.

Tickets to the dinner -- which are only available for purchase by WHCA members -- cost $300 per person or $3,000 per table this year.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump recently accused Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton of using the “woman card” to get elected.

"I think the only card she has is the women's card," Trump said in New York earlier this week. "She has got nothing else going.”

Now Hillary Clinton is firing back again by dealing her supporters a literal 'Woman's Card' on her website.

Trump went on to argue, “Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she would get 5 percent of the vote. ... And the beautiful thing is, women don't like her."

Clinton responded to the GOP front-runner in a speech on Tuesday night: "Mr. Trump accused me, of playing the, quote, 'woman card.' Well, if fighting for women's health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in."

Clinton's suppoters can recieve the card by donating to her campaign.

 

Want one? Chip in now: https://t.co/7zG2HrebW3 #WomanCard pic.twitter.com/tEnbvq5a9r

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 29, 2016



"Deal me in," the card pink card reads.

 

Clinton's campaign continues to change gears, focusing on Trump and his GOP rivals after extending her delegate lead over Bernie Sanders eariler in the week.

 

If fighting for women is "playing the #WomanCard," what card is Trump playing?https://t.co/PRoFKATQAE

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 29, 2016

 

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Following Donald Trump's rally in Costa Mesa, California, Thursday night, hundreds of protesters lined the streets, blocking cars leaving the OC Fair & Event Center, while others jumped on police cars.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department said about 20 people were arrested, and there were no major injuries. There were nearly 200 officers outside the Trump rally, according to the Sheriff's Department.

#OCSDPIO Post Trump Rally Protest over. Approx 20 arrests by Costa Mesa PD. No major injuries. Crowd dispersed by 11pm. No further updates

— OC Sheriff, CA (@OCSD) April 29, 2016

The protesters were met with police in riot gear and others mounted on horseback.

pic.twitter.com/Pd6EB3XUoV

— Chelsea Edwards (@abc7chelsea) April 29, 2016

Protesters jumped on police cars and other vehicles, and tossed water bottles and other objects at the police. At least one police car was damaged by the protesters. Protesters were also filmed trying to flip over a police car.

Protesters attempt to flip cop car outside Donald Trump rally in Orange County: WATCH #LIVE https://t.co/u5lTveArpyhttps://t.co/8nyDi9sy2N

— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) April 29, 2016

Rebeca Olguin, a Bernie Sanders supporter who was at the scene and posted a video of the mayhem on Instagram, told ABC News she came to protest Trump and his campaign.

"There were some who were peacefully protesting while others were being more open about sharing their opinions," she wrote in an e-mail to ABC News.

 Before the event started, the venue closed once it had reached capacity and individuals were trying to jump the fence to get in. They were escorted outside the gate.

The rally -- which attracted 18,000 supporters and was held in advance of the state's June 7 primary -- opened with families of people killed by undocumented workers from the Remembrance Project. They joined Trump on stage, as they have at previous rallies. "Trump is here to save us all,” said Jamiel Shaw, Sr., whose son Jamiel Shaw, Jr., was killed in 2008 when he was 17. Trump in turn took back the microphone and vowed to “Build the Wall."

Trump also took aim at his GOP rival Ted Cruz, and his newly-announced running mate, Carly Fiorina.

"[Cruz] will get an award...for the first time in the history of American politics, a man who is totally mathematically dead, has appointed a Vice President,” Trump said, later adding that Senator Cruz is “one lyin’ son of a gun.”

As for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, Trump said, “She’s there shouting all night long with reading from teleprompters. I’m sorta glad she won I wanna beat her more than Sanders.”

Trump will attend his first-ever state convention of the cycle Friday in California. His next rally is Sunday in Indiana.

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